Alaska and Hawaii

"Unusual Number of Grizzly and Hybrid Bears Spotted in High Arctic"

"Two Canadian biologists have reported sighting a handful of grizzly bears and hybrid grizzly/polar bears at unusually high latitudes in the Arctic, indicating that the interbreeding of the two bear species is becoming more common as the climate warms and grizzlies venture farther north."

Source: YaleE360, 07/30/2012

"Shell's Arctic Oil Spill Containment Vessel Plagued By Delays"

"SEATTLE--The vessel designated to act as a crucial oil spill containment system in Arctic waters has obtained Coast Guard  approval to meet less rigorous weather standards than originally proposed. But, less than two weeks before drilling off Alaska's northern coast is due to begin, a series of troubling construction delays have left the Arctic Challenger without federal certification."

Source: LA Times, 07/20/2012

"Shell May Be Ready for the Arctic, But Its Oil Spill Barge Isn't"

"SEATTLE — A unique ice-class barge designed to clean up any oil spills that might result from Shell Alaska’s upcoming operations in the Arctic Ocean has so far failed to acquire final U.S. Coast Guard certification. Engineers from the oil company say it's no longer appropriate to require them to meet the rigorous weather standards originally proposed."

Source: LA Times, 07/06/2012

"Alaska Glacier Studied For Clues On Water Supply"

"Anchorage is one of the few North American cities that depend on a glacier for most of their drinking water. The Eklutna glacier also provides some of the city's electricity, through hydro power. So a team of researchers is working to answer a very important question: How long will the glacier's water supply last?"

Source: NPR, 06/25/2012

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